“Mark is away this week, giving workshops at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s annual winter conference. He’s also catching up with friends from his days of farming in State College. Yesterday, he spent the morning in the Stoltzfus family’s butcher shop. They are the Amish friends who originally inspired him to try farming with horses. He’s famous (infamous?) among the Stoltzfus relatives for making their kids laugh so hard and get so riled up that they made themselves sick. This was at a Stoltzfus family reunion he somehow got invited to, and I think it involved a unicycle, a skunk puppet and some juggling balls. He will be back on Sunday, full of stories.
Robert Cushman took his oath of enlistment on Monday, has shouldered all the daily livestock chores, and is starting to learn basic slaughter skills from Courtney. We are so glad he’s here. We are also rejoicing in the impending arrival of the great and powerful Lindsay Willemain, who came for a trial week, won us all over, and will return for good in mid-March. It’s wonderful to watch this group of farmers coalesce into a strong team [at Essex Farm]…” [Continue reading.]